WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in preparation for hurricane season:
“Hurricane season has officially begun. With an increase in the potential for devastating storms and floods should come an increase in preparedness for such an event.
“Taking common sense steps to prepare for these storms is the best way to protect our homes and businesses in Texas. We have felt the devastation of hurricanes time and time again along the Gulf Coast. This devastation continues to remind us that we must each do our part to minimize the potential damage from a natural disaster. It could save lives. »
“Texans are resilient. We must continue to support each other as we face another hurricane season together. »
Here are some steps you can take to prepare for hurricane season:
- Know your escape route and make an emergency plan: Know the location of your usual disaster shelter. Know your evacuation zone and learn your evacuation routes.
- Gather supplies: FEMA recommends having enough food, water, and other supplies for each member of your family for at least 72 hours. Additionally, FEMA recommends that you come prepared with disinfectant supplies and medications. Having these items prepared ahead of time will help ensure your safety should your home become inaccessible.
- Make sure you’re ready for technology: Configure multiple ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for Community Alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) – which do not require registration. Plus, have things on hand to stay connected, like a backup phone charger.
- Help your neighborhood prepare: Check with your neighbors to see how you can help them, especially seniors or those who might need extra help getting hurricane plans.
- Review your important documents: Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents such as ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure digital space protected by a password.
- Strengthen your home: Bring in outdoor furniture, declutter gutters and drains, and consider hurricane shutters. Locate the electric and gas shut-off mechanisms for future reference if they need to be shut off.
For more information and resources on disaster preparedness, visit https://www.cruz.senate.gov/natural-disasters.